District 28                                                           


Phone: 828-259-3443
Email: GAL.District28@nccourts.org
Primary Address: 43 College Place, Suite 204, Asheville, NC 28801 (see map)
Counties Covered: Buncombe

Your GAL Support Team, District 28, Buncombe County:

District Administrator:


Coby Wellshear 828-259-6604 coby.c.wellshear@nccourts.org

GAL Supervisors:
Jenna Jackson 828-259-6600 jenna.l.jackson@nccourts.org


Sarah Vial 828-259-6608 sarah.j.vial@nccourts.org


Sarah Young 828-259-6605 sarah.e.young@nccourts.org


Kerri Wise, GAL Supervisor: 828-259-6602 kerri.wise@nccourts.org


Program Specialist:
Sara Burris 828-259-6603 Sara.w.burris@nccourts.org

Upcoming Trainings & Events


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our new volunteer in-person trainings have been placed on hold. Virtual training opportunities are being created and will be available soon. Please give us a call for more information.  

2020 GAL Continuing Education:

GAL Continuing Education events are held to increase their knowledge and skills on topics applicable to the volunteer case work. As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, we are working on other means to offer trainings virtually. We will continue to provide more information as these opportunities are developed.




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District 28 Summer 2021 Newsletter


I’m a GAL because a critical need in our community is not being satisfied. Hundreds of neglected and abused babies and children have no one to speak for them, nobody to focus on their needs. I can do that. I can fill that need. Each hour I spend working to improve a young person’s life, gives purpose to my life.”

–John Russo, District 28 GAL




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